While I was on maternity leave I didn't wear any make up and used just the basics for skin and hair care. But now that I'm back to work and loving my beauty products again, my empties bag is already filling back up! Empty product reviews are my favorite to read and watch on You Tube. I really feel that a person can give a more thorough review once they have used a product so many times that's it gone. And if it's a make up product, that usually means they like it a lot because most make up products have a lot of uses in them!
L'Oreal Power Moisture Hydrating Conditioner- I did really like this conditioner. I am very particular about which conditioners I will use but I found this on clearance at Target and I had a coupon so I thought I would give it a try. I mostly just use my holy grail conditioner (click here to see what it is). But I'm glad I found this one to use also. It does not beat out my holy grail (that one is a bit thicker of a formula than this one which helps with winter static), but I did still really enjoy it. It got the tangles out of my hair, and made it feel soft and smooth. If I find a good sale and have coupons, I would definitely repurchase.
Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub- I got this scrub last season during their semi-annual sale (I just posted a picture of my lastest semi-annual sale haul on my Instagram this week). The main reason I got this was (I know this is going to sound odd) the packaging. Let me explain: I have a small shower so it's hard to keep water from hitting the products that I keep on the shelving unit we have in there. With things in normal packaging this is no problem, but with body scrubs they normally come in tubs and I always have a hard time keeping water from getting into the tub when showering. So when I saw this one in a tube I thought it would be perfect. And I was happy with this one. I'm not a huge fan of the Warm Vanilla scent at B&BW, but it's not overpowering in the scrub like it can be in soaps and lotions. It was very exfoliating, and did help with my dry winter skin. But there is one aspect I was not thrilled with, like some other body scrubs, it left my legs feeling a little oily afterwards. It was not as bad as some other scrubs, but I'm on the fence about whether or not I would repurchase it. Especially since I'm using a body scrub right now that I'm loving (click here to see what that one is).
Colgate Max White with Mini Bright Strips- I'm not particular normally about toothpaste. I will usually get anything when it's on sale and I have a coupon, but I try when I can to get the ones that have to do with whitening teeth. I did like this one, I didn't notice a huge difference in the shade of mine or my husband's teeth but I usually don't expect a large difference from a tooth paste (I usually look towards whitening gels for that) but it tasted good and made my mouth feel fresh. Also a plus to me was the packaging, since it was clear I could see exactly how much was left and since it was a gel formula in plastic, it was easy to squeeze out every last drop. I would repurchase with sales and coupons.
Lorac POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder- I can't believe I finally finished this face powder! I bought this powder probably about two years ago when Ulta was having their 30 Days of Beauty specials, I got this for $10 or $15 I think (retails for $33). I had not heard much about this powder, but since it was such a good deal thought I would give it a try. I really liked it, I would say it's similar to the Mac Mineralized Skinfinish. It gives a little bit of extra coverage to the face and keeps my make up in place and matte all day. You also get a lot of powder in the compact. It has a dome shape that lasts a really long time. I used this pretty often and it took a long time before I even hit pan on it. Ulta had this again in the most recent 30 Days of Beauty sale and I did repurchase it!
Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads- If you are a contact wearer, stay away from these! These eye make up remover pads in the Oil Free version (the purple tub) are one my of favorite ever. So when Ulta had their 40% off Almay sale a while back (I also had coupons for $4 off an Almay product coupons and I got each tube for a $1 each I believe) I wanted to stock up. But they only had two purples ones and I had four coupons, so I got two of these in the blue tubs to try them. Unfortunately I was not a fan at all. They feel oily, which I hate and also I have contacts that I can wear overnight, but these pads would somehow make my contacts pop out. It happened about 80% of the time I used them. Then I would have to clean them thoroughly (they would be oily) and put them back in. So I would not recommend unless you don't have contacts or at least have the kind that you take out every night, before removing your make up.
Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara- I got this in an Ipsy bag a few months back. I read and saw a lot of reviews from people who also got these in their Ipsy bags and most of them did not like. But I still wanted to try it for myself. I have a lot of mascaras to try so it took me a while to finally get to this one, but I finally tried it this week and it was unusable. First off, it smells like chemicals, worse than paint fumes! But worse than that for me, it was dried out! I am very careful never to open my mascaras before I'm ready to use them, but when I opened this one for the first time and went to put it on my eye lashes, I did like 10 strokes and there was NO mascara on my lashes, so finally I dipped it in the tube again and brushed it on my hand, this is what I got:
I brushed it on my hand ten times and this is all I got! So I technically didn't even get to try this one because I couldn't get this one on my lashes, but I don't think I missed out on much anyway!
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Original- This was literally the only lip product I used during my maternity leave! Normally I wear this at night to keep my lips moist and prevent chapping. But during my maternity leave when I wasn't leaving my house and I was kissing my baby a lot, this was the only thing I would wear. I got a bunch of these at Target last year on clearance and I'm going through them fast because they are great. The feel exactly like normal Vaseline, but clear and different smell. It also lasts for a long time on your lips and has no taste. I would highly recommend it for daytime or night time use!
That's all my empty products reviews right now! But I do have a few more empties in my bag and a lot of products are close to being done, so look out for another empty post very soon! And if you used one of these products and had a different experience or any tips on how to use them, please let me know!
Happy Savings Everyone!